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January 2017

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The summary below each case is prepared to offer lawyers and the public a general overview of what issues are included in a case which will be argued. The summary is not a limit on what issues a party to a case may present at oral argument.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Supreme Court Courtroom
09:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)
2015-001456    South Carolina Electric & Gas Co., Respondent, v. Anson Construction Company, Inc., Petitioner.

Everett A. Kendall, II and J. Eric Cavanaugh, both of Sweeny Wingate & Barrow, PA, of Columbia, for Petitioner. John A. Massalon and I. Ryan Neville, both of Wills Massalon & Allen, LLC, of Charleston, for Respondent.

The Court issued a writ of certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision in SCE&G v. Anson Construction Co., Op. No. 2015-UP-248 (S.C. Ct. App. filed May 13, 2015).

10:00 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)
2015-002394    The State, Respondent, v. Michael Lee Cardwell, Petitioner.

Melissa Ashley Fried, of Nexsen Pruet, LLC, of Charleston and Chief Appellate Defender Robert Michael Dudek, of Columbia, for Petitioner. Attorney General Alan McCrory Wilson and Assistant Attorney General William M. Blitch Jr., both of Columbia, for Respondent.

The Court granted certiorari to review the Court of Appeals' decision in State v. Cardwell, Op. No. 2015-UP-455 (S.C. Ct. App. filed Sept. 9, 2015), wherein the court upheld the trial court's denial of Cardwell's motion to suppress video evidence taken from a laptop computer.

10:30 a.m. (Time Limits: 10-10-5)
2016-001437    Reid Harold Donze, Plaintiff, v. General Motors, LLC., Defendant.

Ronnie L. Crosby and Austin H. Crosby, both of Peters, Murdaugh, Parker, Eltzroth & Detrick; and Kathleen C. Barnes, of Barnes Law Firm, LLC, all of Hampton; Bert G Utsey, III, of Walterboro; S. Kirkpatrick Morgan, Jr., and Charles T. Slaughter. both of Walker & Morgan, of Lexington, for Plaintiff. Joel H. Smith, Angela G Strickland, Kevin J. Malloy, of Bowman and Brooke, LLP, and David G. Owen, of Law Center, all of Columbia; John M. Thomas and Jill M. Wheaton, of Dykema Gossett, PLLC, of Ann Arbor, MI; and Michael P. Cooney of Dykema Gossett, PLLC, of Detroit, MI, all for Defendant. Henry B. Smythe, Jr., and Dana W. Lang, of Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP, of Charleston, Amicus Curiae for The Products Liability Advisory Council, Inc. Steve A. Matthews, of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., of Columbia, Philip S. Goldberg and Victor E. Schwartz, both of Shook, Hardy & Bacon, L.L.P., of Washington, D.C., Amicus Curiae for Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Inc.

In this certified question from the U.S. district court, the Court is asked to determine how the doctrine of comparative negligence applies in crashworthiness cases brought under the theory of strict products liability.